Extracurricular Activities


There are a variety of extracurricular activities in which students can participate.  Interscholastic sports are available only to 7th and 8th grade students but other extracurricular activities are open to all grades.  Activity information included in the announcements scrolling on the TV monitors.  If you have any questions, contact Mr. Mark Kenny, Activities Director, at 558-4153; mkenny@cr.k12.ia.us.  If you or you know of someone who might be interested in sponsoring an extracurricular activity, stop by the main office.   

Below are extracurricular activities that were offered last school year.  Students should check the announcement screens to find out when activities will be starting.      


By Audition

School Musical - See Ms. Lange for more information  

Chamber Orchestra - See Mr. Mnayer for more information

Classic Edition (Show Choir) - See Ms. Lange for more information

Jazz Band -  See Mrs. Phelan for more information.                     

Variety Show.  Fundraiser for Fine Arts department and STEAM Fund. 




8th Grade Video Game Club - Room 317.  See Mr. Hartzog.  



McKinley News Team - Group meets on Monday's after school from 2:50 to 4:00 pm.  See Mrs. Gardner, librarian, for more information.


EMPOWER Book Club -  See Mrs. Swanson for more information.


EMPOWERED Writers Club - See Mrs. Swanson for more information.  


Robotics - See Mrs. Clendineng for more information.


Student Council - See Mr. Guy for more information.


Yearbook - See Mrs. Fitzpatrick with questions.


Forensic Club - See Mr. Martinez or Officer Anne for more information.

This program will focus on the use and application of forensic science to solve crimes and is being co-sponsored by School Resource Officer Anne Deutmeyer.  Students will also get hands-on experience in CSI practices, such as fingerprint and DNA collection as well as footprint impressions to name a few.  Students will discuss examples of DNA, and how they are analyzed to solve crimes, including hair, skin, blood, and other bodily fluids.  Students will not be exposed to any of these items at any time.  In addition, students will participate in field trips to the CR Police Department and Linn County Courthouse.


Extracurricular Eligibility Policy

The transition to the Learner Centered Assessment and Reporting model allows a more complete picture of a student's learning.  Additionally, it provides a method by which a student can reflect on his/her progress towards developing skills essential for a successful career in the working world.  The coaches and directors at McKinley find that fostering these skills through our athletic and fine arts programs as well as our after school activities is critical for the long term success of our students as they make the transition to high school and adulthood.  As a result McKinley's Extracurricular Eligibility Policy will reflect our desire to have students perform at high levels both academically and behaviorally.


Eligibility:  For a student to be considered eligible for athletic contests, extracurricular fine arts performances, clubs and activities the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Passing grade in all classes.

  • Detention(s) must be served prior to participation in all extracurricular activities.  Coaches and parents will be notified of student detentions.

Eligibility Deadline:  Student eligibility will be examined every Thursday.  Students who do not meet these expectations will be ineligible for the following week's competitions, performances, etc.  If the student demonstrates they meet the requirements before a competition, it is the responsibility of the teacher to notify the coach of the student's eligibility.